In 2002 Micromark bought the original tooling for the Goblin Teamatic, and from that base, they manufactured the Time 4 Tea. It was first offered for sale in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 28th September 2002. Continue reading 2002 Micromark Time 4 Tea
Undaunted, and perhaps wiser for a negative experience with the Time 4 Tea, Micromark decided to create a new teasmade featuring their own modern tooling. The new design, the Teaexpress MM9889 was released to the market in October 2003.
The Teaexpress was a four cup tea maker and was manufactured in China. It boiled rapidly, and seemed to keep noise to a minimum. The LCD clock has an attractive analogue face and I found it very easy and intuitive to set the clock time and the alarm time. However, the clock hands were only visible from the front, and the clock face glows green day and night, so this tea maker was not for those who need total darkness to sleep!
The buttons below the clock were simple to use but the light switch on my demonstration model was indecisive and you had to hold the whole unit still with your other hand while you press it. The ceramic teapot was identical to that of the Swan DO1. The Teaexpress featured a reading light, although I found it rather too faint to read by, and it got very hot if left on for long periods of time.
I believe that in 2005 Micromark released a Teaexpress Radio model.
This model became available just before Christmas 2004 and we were soon hooked. The TEA:am retailed between £49.99 and £59.99, came with a 2 year guarantee and was manufactured in China. Continue reading 2004 Morphy Richards Tea:am
The Kenwood Brewmaster CM550 and CM560 are a filter coffee machines with a clock and an automatic timer, so they can be used as an alarm clock, like a teasmade! The Brewmaster has a huge 12 cup 1.8 litre capacity so it could even be used instead of a tea urn. It features a permanent filter, a keep warm plate (shuts off after 2 hours), a push dispenser (no pot – simply push with your mug), and of course a clock and timer with programmer. Continue reading 2005 Kenwood Brewmaster
This updated version of the Micromark Teaexpress was launched in December 2006. The Teaexpress made two standard cups of tea and offered all the benefits of a classic teasmade. Of all the 150+ models in my collection at that time, this was the one which found its way to my bedside during the naughties. Full marks to Micromark! Continue reading 2006 Micromark Teaexpress MM52183
The Argos Cookworks Signature teasmade was introduced in 2008. It makes up to 4 cups of tea, with auto tea making and tea now facilities. There is an illuminated LCD clock with an analogue face and a power indicator. Continue reading 2008 Argos Cookworks
The Fine-T four cup tea maker boasts an impressive seven settings, to exactly match the type of tea you are making. This means that the temperature and brewing time are automatically adjusted, depending on whether you are making green, white, black or oolong tea. An eighth setting is the ‘teawash’ setting, which actually rinses tea leaves before brewing commences. The makers of this machine clearly understand the art of tea making.
The Swan Teasmade STM100 range was introduced in 2009. The STM100 was a daring departure for Swan, who sought to modernise that familiar old chestnut, the Swan DO1, with a substantial facelift, whilst broadly keeping to its instantly recognisable form. Continue reading 2009 Swan Teasmade STM100 and STM200 ranges